Ed Iskenderian. Photo courtesy Goodguys
Born within a year of each other, Ed Iskenderian and Bill Hines are two men as similar as they are different. While both Iskenderian and Hines are highly regarded by hot rod and custom historians, both hard-working, cigar-chomping pioneers in their fields, one has made the most mechanical aspect of the automobile – the camshaft – his life’s work, while the other has made aesthetics and custom bodywork his. Both, however, will be lauded this weekend for their life’s accomplishments.
Iskenderian, also known as “Isky” or “the Camfather,” will be presented the Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award this Friday at the Hot Rod and Restoration Trade Show in Indianapolis. Known for starting Iskenderian Camshafts to market custom camshaft grinds to the burgeoning hot rodding movement in post-war Southern California, Iskenderian also served as the first president of SEMA in 1963 and 1964, thus helping frame the performance aftermarket as a legitimate industry. Other recipients of the Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award include Wally Parks, Carroll Shelby, George Barris, Vic Edelbrock, Andy Granatelli, Alex Xydias, and “Speedy” Bill Smith. For more information on the Hot Rod and Restoration Trade Show, visit HotRodShow.com.
To keep Isky hopping, Goodguys will then honor him as one of their Hot Rod Heroes alongside engine builder Ed Pink the following weekend – March 30 through April 1 – at the Del Mar Nationals in Del Mar, California. Iskenderian and Pink will be available for autographs and bench racing all three days. For more information on the Del Mar Nationals, visit Good-guys.com.
Bill Hines. Photo courtesy Sondre Kvipt at Kustomrama
Meanwhile, Bill Hines, who has been customizing cars for more than 70 years and continues to work seven days a week, will celebrate his 90th birthday this weekend. Initially located in the Detroit area before moving to Southern California in the 1960s, Hines is perhaps best known for helping pioneer candy paints as well as introducing hydraulic lifts to cars. Fans of his work will gather at noon on Saturday at Bob’s Broiler in Downey, California.